|IATA: ARM – ICAO: YARM|
|Operator||Armidale Dumaresq Shire|
|Serves||Armidale, New South Wales, Australia|
|Elevation AMSL||3,556 ft / 1,084 m|
|Statistics (FY 2012-13)|
|Sources: Airservices Australia, BITRE|
Armidale Airport (IATA: ARM, ICAO: YARM) is an airport serving Armidale, a city in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) southwest of the town centre, on the New England Highway. The airport is operated by the Armidale Dumaresq Shire Council.
The airport resides at an elevation of 3,556 ft (1,084 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 05/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,738 m × 30 m (5,702 ft × 98 ft) and 09/27 with a grassed gravel surface measuring 1,116 m × 30 m (3,661 ft × 98 ft).
Airlines and destinations
|QantasLink operated by Eastern Australia Airlines||Sydney|
Qantas operates up to five services a day using Q300 aircraft.
East-West Airlines operated from Sydney and Brisbane to Armidale from 1949 until 1988 when the routes were taken over by Eastern Australia Airlines (then a subsidiary of Australian Airlines, now a subsidiary of Qantas).
Impulse Airlines operated services to Sydney and Brisbane from 1994 until it was taken over by Qantas in 2001.
A Tamworth-Armidale-Brisbane route was served by QantasLink until 2002, when the service was taken over by MacAir Airlines until January 2003, after which time it was operated by Sunshine Express Airlines before the company ceased scheduled flying in 2006. Brindabella Airlines commenced Armidale-Brisbane flights in August 2011 using Metroliner commuter planes, however this service was discontinued in June 2012. The decision to withdraw from Armidale and Albury made national headlines as it was widely reported the airline's reasons included an expected increase operating costs due to the implementation of the controversial Carbon pricing scheme by the Gillard Government set to become effective the following month.
Armidale was one of the 20 destinations looked at by Virgin Australia for services to Sydney using Embraer jet aircraft. To date no formal announcement has been made by the company regarding any future services to Armidale.
The Armidale Dumaresq Shire Council has a number of upgrades to the airport currently in progress, with much of the funding for the works promised by Member for New England Barnaby Joyce during the 2013 Australian federal election campaign. Previously the council had unsuccessfully submitted a proposal to the Regional Development Australia Fund in 2012 for $2.45 million in funding to allow upgrades to the airport terminal, security screening and apron areas, as well as resurfacing the runway, construction of a parallel taxiway and upgrading the airport's lighting. When complete the works will increase capacity, allowing the airport to handle 70 seat aircraft such as the Bombardier Q400 operated by QantasLink and potentially attract new airlines such as Virgin Australia, operating ATR 72 type aircraft through its regional subsidiaries.
|Year||Revenue passengers||Aircraft movements|
- Fiscal year 1 July - 30 June
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- Armidale by Air - info and images of Armidale Airport
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